Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das here on Tuesday announced to expand the overall patient accommodation capacity of the Jamshedpur-based Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital to 500 beds. He also directed the state health authorities to prepare a detailed blueprint so that the proposed medical college-cum-hospitals at Koderma, Bokaro and Chaibasa are ready in 2 years.
Das, who held a review meeting of the state health department, asked the health authorities to open new hospitals in Hazaribag, Dumka and Palamu within the stipulated timeframe. “Manpower in the government hospitals needs to be increased. Apart from regular posts, contractual appointments should also be made to pave way for better functioning of the hospitals. Advance purchase of necessary medicines should be made to avoid crisis,” he said.
The CM directed the health department officials to start the Civil Hospital, Ranchi in the next three months.
“Children and Women department should be shifted here from RIMS. Required manpower and machinery should be purchased and by June, the 200 bed hospital should started functioning and the remaining three hundred should be processed,” he said.
The CM also advised the hospitals across the state to auction dysfunctional ambulances. He further said that the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme should be implemented soon and separate packages should be made for different diseases.
“The government will pay the premium of 80 per cent of the population and the rest can avail it by paying their premium contribution. Each family can avail free treatment facility up to Rs 2 lakh every year,” said Das, adding further, “Dial 108 ambulance service should be started in the next three months and the work of seven hospitals of the state should be sped up.”
The CM asked the health authorities to include delivery cases under the insurance scheme to control maternal and infant mortality rate. It should be monitored that private hospitals don’t misuse this scheme.
Das directed to carry out health check-up camps in remote villages. IMA should be considered for assistance. “Private doctors should be requested to render their services in government hospital on 9th of every month. Local people will be given priority in nursing and ward works in civil and other hospitals.
They should be trained for this,” he said.
Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma, Additional CS Sudhir Tripathi, Principal Secretary to the CM Sanjay Kumar and other officers were present in the meeting.